LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Sunday well-ordered to formulate a policy for collection of donations at shrines and mosques across Punjab.
Mian Saqib Nisar Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) issued an order at the court’s Lahore registry while hearing a case relating to the use of donations being collected at shrines in the province. The secretary of Auqaf was present in the court.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan stated that people were not contributing their hard-earned money to shrines and mosques for the Auqaf department to pay salaries to its officials.
“How can you mismanage something that is entrusted to you?” CJP asked.
“The donations worth Rs.850 million were being collected at various shrines and mosques and being spent on salaries of Auqaf department officials,” he said. It was inquired by CJP about the placement of the chief secretary and said that if the Auqaf secretary did not want to perform his duty, why he was not leave his post.
“The lavatories inside mosques and shrines have not been maintained from several years, while the donations are being used to pay salaries of department officials,” he commented.
He gave an order to make a policy for the use of donations being collected at the mosques and the shrines; and overdue the hearing till next week.
RELIC: The Chief Justice Pakistan also called all the members of the joint investigation team (JIT) penetrating into the recovery of the missing Nalain Mubarak (shoe) of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from the gallery of Badshahi Mosque.
An application was hearing by him; moved by Pir SA Jafri questioning incompetence of the Government authorities to fix duty. The Auqaf secretary and his counsel were present there.
At the former hearing, the court ordered formation of a three member JIT to investigate into the alleged theft of the Nalain Mubarak.
The CJP stated that the theft of the Nalain Mubarak was a case of someone’s faith and the authorities had no evidence of where they had gone.
The court was told by the Auqaf department counsel that his client had registered a case of the theft, adding that ten inquiries had been conducted, but nothing could be determined.
The CJP asked the authorities if there was anything more valuable than the shoe of the Prophet (PBUH). “It is a simple case. Sixteen years have been passed but you could not complete the review into the matter,” he said. The hearing was adjourned till next week.
The additional advocate general told the court that the relic had been taken to Brunei in 2001 for presenting in an exposition; at the last hearing. After that it was placed inside the Badshahi Mosque. Later, some visitors exposed in 2002 that the relic had been missing.
The petitioner had been filing the appeals at the district and sessions court in the past seeking recovery of the relic. The police submitted its progress report in those petitions; and claimed that progress had been made and different teams formed under senior officials.
The officers said an investigation had been carried out from various angles, but they remained clueless. The petitioner had sought registration of a case against 94 respondents, including 40 police, for failing to recover the relic allegedly stolen in 2002.
On March 5, 2014, the Rangers deputy superintendent Muhammad Sarwar, lance naik Noshad Khan and others were questioned, who said the relic had been taken to Brunei in 2001 under the supervision of Capt Jawad Cheema.
It was added by the officials that when the Pakistani delegation returned in September that year; the Rangers recruits boarded a truck and went straight to their positions on Wagah border; and also adding that the relic was neither taken to nor placed at the Badshahi Mosque under their supervision.